Von Julien, Malik Crowfield and Lamar Peters all helped lead their high school basketball teams to state championships in March.
Julien and Crowfield helped Riverside Academy win the 2A crown, while Peters starred for Class 4A champion Landry-Walker.
On Sunday, the guard trio led the New Orleans Elite to the 17U championship in the Southern Slam tournament at the Alario Center.
The Elite went undefeated in the tournament, capped with a 55-47 victory over the Memphis Magic in the title game.
“Those guys played well,” said Elite coach Antoine Bird, an assistant at Landry-Walker. “They really came together. They have good chemistry, and they do a great job of spreading the floor out and also finding each other.”
Keljin Blevins, who plays at Bishop O’Connell in Virginia, led the Elite with 16 points in the championship game.
“This is our second year defending our championship, so guys really came out and played hard and played well,” Bird said.
One of the hardest parts of winning an AAU tournament, Bird said, is meshing all the players from different schools to form one cohesive unit.
“It’s tough,” Bird said. “You have different guys from different schools. We have guys from everywhere, so getting in the gym and getting that practice is tough. So our main thing is getting defensive stops and turning our defense into offense. One guy may be the man at his school or the primary scorer. Now you have to put all them together.”
Julien, who finished with seven points and numerous assists, said playing with players outside of his Riverside has been a smooth transition.
“You have a lot of great players on your team, so you can defer to them and not have to do as much,” said Julien, who has scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Southeastern Louisiana and Old Dominion. “Everybody knows their roles, so we all come together and just try to get a win. In AAU, you are playing with better players and against better players, and it only helps you get better.”
Peters helped Landry-Walker win a title in the school’s first year of existence after the merger of Landry High School and O. Perry Walker.
Julien, a rising senior, and Crowfield, a rising junior, led Riverside to its second straight title. Both were both first-team all-state selections on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A all-state team.
Crowfield was Player of the Year this past season after Julien claimed the honor in 2013.
The Memphis Magic reached the title game by upsetting tournament host Louisiana Dynasty 49-48 in the semifinals.
In the 16U age group, also played at the Alario Center, Greg Monroe Assists defeated Louisiana Dynasty 74-65.
Dejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham, who both attend McDonogh 35, led the way with 18 points each in the victory.